Pittsfield NH News

June 27, 2018



Suncook Valley

Soccer Club

Registration is now open for the Fall 2018 Season!

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Registration ends 8/1.



From The Farm: Allergy To Farming? 

Submitted By Carole Soule

​Author Carole with her Oxen Team, Topper and Stash, at the N. Haverhill, NH New England Ox Teamsters Competition in 2017.


Hair fell in piles as I pushed the clippers through Stash's matted hair. Stash, one of my working oxen, was long overdue for a haircut. Scottish Highlanders are cattle that grow long, shaggy coats; great for protection from the cold, but brutal in the summer heat. Some of my cattle shed their hair naturally - most don’t. So, starting in early May, we pull out the clippers and cut off their coats. We clip the cows first, then the yearlings and lastly, the older oxen.


While the clippers buzzed over his back and down his sides, Stash (also known as Moo-Stash) lowered his head and, except for the occasional tail swish, did not move a muscle. He loves being clipped, not just because it removes his winter coat, but because the gentle vibration of the clippers on his skin is soothing. He may enjoy being clipped, but I knew I'd pay a big price the next day as hair and dander flew into my face. 


Several years ago during the summer, I developed an unexplainable rash on my face and arms. After many trips to the dermatologist and $1,000 worth of tests, they said the cause was cinnamon. They were wrong! Three years later, I have concluded that I have an allergy to sun, hay, heat and, sadly - cow hair; all of the ingredients that make a farmer. Rather than give up farming, I cover myself from head to foot and wear gloves all summer leaving only my face exposed. I often look at my friends in shorts and t-shirts thinking how comfortable they appear… but I know better as I tuck my sometimes-gloveless hands into my sleeves. 


Sure enough, the day after clipping Stash, my eyes got puffy and my hands were itching…. but Stash was happy which made me happy. Stash was one of a pair of working Oxen. I started working Stash when he was three-years-old and paired him with Topper, an experienced ox I had trained since he was a baby. Both are now age seven and work together as a yoked team. I've taken them to the Hopkinton and Deerfield Fairs as well as Strawbery Banke and Shaker Village. They respond to both voice commands and body language as directed to pull a cart, a stone boat, or drag a log. I am always in awe when “My Boys,” (who weigh over 1,400 pounds each with horns “out to here”), do what I ask. 


Because my boys give me so much, it's only fair that I return the favor and do my best to make them comfortable. Topper is next on my clipping list. I wonder if I can get one of those Haz-Mat suits? Maybe someday they'll make a “farmers version” out of breathable cotton for those of us with allergies to farming? 


Carole Soule is co-owner of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, NH. She can be reached at cas@milessmithfarm.com.



Pittsfield Old Home Day – Annual Cook-Off


Pittsfield Old Home Day is Sat, July 14 – Mark your calendars!!  The theme of the day is “Once Upon A Time, Favorite Fairy Tales.”


The Cook-Off for the Pittsfield Old Home Day this year will be “ANY KIND OF BREAD”   (think….Hansel & Gretel left breadcrumbs to find their way home….)   We would prefer that you submit Loaves of bread (not just breadcrumbs!) – any kind you’d like (flavored quick breads, squash bread, zucchini bread, etc…)


This event is sponsored by the Victory Workers 4-H Club.  Anyone and everyone is invited to submit their BEST loaves of bread and bring them to the 4-H Booth at Dustin Park by 9am on Sat, July 14.  The winners will be selected by the public by popular vote.  CASH prizes will be awarded:  1st- $75, 2nd- $50 and 3rd- $25.  The First 10 people to call or email will be registered.  Please contact Andi Riel at 435-6346 or email at pittsfieldtowncrier@hotmail.com to register.



News And Concern For American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75

 Submitted By Merrill A. Vaughan, Adjutant 

American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75


Memorial Day and has come and gone for another year.  However, you should not forget to remember those who gave us our rights and freedoms that our members of Post 75 continue to be contributed to our Community, State and Nation; in times of war and peace.  Our small post did not happen overnight.  It took a group of dedicated World War I veterans.  In February 1920 we received our charter.   Our post now has veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, and the Gulf War.  Why am I listing all these wars?  Because of one thing, they should all be members of The American Legion.   Each and every one of us may not know each other, however we have all been there and made it back home. However, all this might be erased on July 2, 2018.


Attention for members of The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75, there will be a special meeting of the Post on July 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm.  You will need to show your 2018 Post 75 Membership card or verified by the Post Adjutant that you have paid your dues for 2018.  Any veteran who has served in the  Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard and is not a member but wishes to join to keep us open are more than welcome to attend. You are more than welcome to join.  Bring a copy of your DD Form 2014 with you to verify that you served on Active Duty during any of the war periods identified above, other than training.  Again, we need to fill the positions of Commander, Adjutant, and Finance Officer.  If we can do this, then we can stay open.  If not, there will no longer be a Veterans Service or animation in Pittsfield to properly do Memorial Day, Flag Day, POW/MIA Awareness Day, Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  


Before the discussion of keeping open or closing, the Post and Post Adjutant will present you with the past years.  Once that is completed, District 5 Commander Todd Connor will take control of the meeting.  Once the meeting is at the end, the 50/50 drawing will take place.  


Time is running out to participate in The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post raffle. We will draw the lucky winner of the 50/50 drawing at the end of the meeting on July 2nd.  There is still time to enter. The drawing will be to provide funds to pay off all debts if the Post closes.  If we stay open, this will begin or road back to healthy activities to include The American Legion Peterson-Cram Post 75 Robert O. Moulton Scholarship to a Pittsfield Middle High School Senior.  You DO NOT need to be a member of The American Legion or a resident of Pittsfield to participate.  For more information on membership, the meeting, or the drawing, please contact Post 75 Adjutant, Merrill Vaughan at 603-340-1375.



Josiah Carpenter Library July News


Libraries Rock! the summer reading program for children is in full swing. Throughout the summer we’ll enjoy a fun-filled journey of reading and music.  Activities for preschool aged children will be held on Thursday mornings at 10:00am, older children will gather on Tuesday afternoons at 3:30pm.  In addition we we will be visiting the Drake Field recreation program on alternating Wednesdays.  Special activities include a messy art day at the town pool on Saturday July 28th from 1:00 to 3:00pm, and the children will perform in a concert on Tuesday July 31st at 5:00pm in Dustin Park (rain location the High School lecture hall).


The Teen Book Worms will gather on Monday July 2nd at 5:00pm; they will enjoy a light supper and discuss July It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini.  The Pittsfield Writer’s Circle will meet at the library on Monday the 16th at 5:00pm.  The adult book club will meet to discuss KooKooLand: A Memoir by Gloria Norris at 10:30 am on Tuesday June 24th at the Pittsfield Senior Center.  Everyone is welcome to join our ongoing activities at any time.


On Monday July 11th at the Chichester-Epsom-Pittsfield Libraries Memory Café will enjoy a picnic and croquet at noon at Webster Mills Park in Epsom.  Local caregivers and folks living with memory loss are invited to come and enjoy socialization in a comfortable setting. Refreshments will be served.



St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Scholarship

Submitted By Marylee Johnson

​Megan Callicoat, Marylee Johnson, and Cameron Darrah.


I am very happy to announce the establishment of a new scholarship program here in Pittsfield through St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.  Our program exclusively benefits graduating PMHS seniors entering a two- or four- year accredited college, university, or vocational/technical program.


From its earliest beginnings, the Episcopal Church has had a long history of community outreach. We at St. Stephen’s take an active role in supporting the Pittsfield Youth Workshop, several area food pantries, especially the “food closet” at PMHS, as well as many other local projects, so for us, it is an exciting new expression of love and support for our community of Pittsfield to establish a scholarship program that we hope will grow and prosper enabling the number and size of scholarships to grow over time.


St. Stephen’s scholarships are awarded annually based on any or all of the following criteria:  financial need, academic promise, volunteer activities in school or community, or work history, letters of recommendation, scholarship application essay, and personal interview.


This year, we presened two scholarships.  Each award was in the amount of $2000; one thousand for the freshman year, renewable for an additional $1000 for the sophomore year, providing renewal criteria are met.  There is no requirement to re-pay these scholarships. They are a gift to each recipient.  Having said that, we hope that years from now when recipients are established and successful in their chosen careers, they too might want to reach out to help a student realize their dreams of higher education.


The very first recipient of a St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Scholarship was a young woman who is passionate about a career in graphic design.  She has already accumulated twelve college credits and will continue her studies at Southern NH University. Congratulations, Megan Marie Callicoat.


Our second recipient was passionate about basketball and will be attending Plymouth State University to study business administration ….and play basketball….  After graduation, he hopes to return to Pittsfield to become a productive member of the business community. Congratulations, Cameron John Darrah.


Pittsfield Rotarian Stan Bailey presented the highest award of Rotary International to Joe Darrah, the Paul Harris Fellow. Joe exemplifies in every sense the Rotary motto of “Service About Self.”


Fallon Reed was presented a beautiful Ballon Rally afghan by Laura Okrent. Laura recounted only a few of the many endeavors that Fallon contributes to insure the success of the annual Balloon Rally. Fallon confessed that it is a labor of love and promised that the 37th annual rally on August 3-5 will be the best ever.


During a time of remembrance at the Suncook Valley Rotary Club’s Changing of the Guard, Laura Orkent passed the Paul Harris certificate of Lois Farnswoth on to her daughter, Nancy Yeaton. Lois was the leader of the Women of Rotary’s float in the Pittsfield Old Home Day parade. She also hosted many Women of Rotary Christmas Parties at her home. Lois and Cal were great examples for fellow Rotarians and their spouses to follow.


​Donna Keeley of the Suncook Valley Rotary Club presented Adam Gauthier with a Paul Harris Fellow Award during the Changing of the Guard event held at Pleasant View Gardens. Adam is the current president of the club and will continue on for another year.


​The judges of the Suncook Valley Rotary 2018 Youth Essay Contest, Art Morse and Donna Kelley, presented the $300 prize and certificate of recognition to first place winner, Taylor Ahearn. Taylor, only 12 years old, captured the whole community essence of the Ballon Rally in her winning essay.



Pittsfield Community Garden


Did you know that Pittsfield Listens has a community garden behind the town hall? This is the 2nd year PL has planted a garden to help support the food pantry, Senior Center, PYW and individual families. Even though this is the 2nd year, our garden is bigger than last year and we are hoping to increase the size every year. With a larger garden, help is always needed and appreciated. Whether it is watering, pruning or harvesting, the community would greatly benefit from volunteers time. Not only is this a great way to volunteer and support the community, it ensure that members of our community will receive healthy, fresh food!!! Whether you have a green thumb or not and are looking to become more involved in your community, please consider volunteering some time to help your community garden grow. It would be a great opportunity for younger children to help care for the garden or middle-high school students looking for community service hours. 


Or maybe you would like to plant some vegetables of your own! If you do, there are some empty plots just waiting to be turned into a bountiful garden. 


To take advantage of this fantastic opportunity please get in touch at info@pittsfieldlistens.org



The Pittsfield Clothes Closet, 2018

Submitted By Phyllis Conway & The Volunteers of The Pittsfield Clothes Closet


Because of all the donations that we received this year, we made enough money to give back to the community of Pittsfield.


As of right now, we have given to the Pittsfield Youth Workshop, Pittsfield Food Pantry, Pittsfield Area Senior Center, the Hanging Plants fund, F.B. Argue Memorial Pool, Pittsfield Middle High School Booster Club, and The Clothes Closet Scholarship for a graduating senior, and it's only June.


So, with all the help we are getting from donations, we are having a great year! You can see the money we make goes back to Pittsfield to help somebody.


Thank you for helping us, and we, The Clothes Closet, are helping someone else.



Letter To The Editor


Governor, you are denying certain residents of our great state an equal education.


Governor, you are denying certain residents of our great state an equal property tax rate.


You, and certain State Representatives, mine included, are cloggin up the system.


Either work to keep certain towns from going bankrupt and giving its citizens the resources to fund their schools, or get out of the way.


You are going to force us to march on Concord. And I'm not talking busses here. Clear the roads.


Dan The Stoneman




​On Monday June 18th, Pittsfield Listens hosted their Annual Appreciation Celebration at the Pittsfield Main Street Grill to recognize and give thanks to Pittsfield Listens leaders and partners in the community and its schools.  Parent Leaders with the Family and Community Engagement Committee (FACE) and Youth Leaders with Pittsfield Youth Voice in it Together (PYViiT) were recognized for their leadership over the past year.  In addition, awards were presented to Tara Pinto- Parent Leader with FACE, and Courtney Butler- Youth Leader with PYViiT in appreciation for always digging in.  The 2018 Pittsfield Listens Volunteer of the Year Award- presented to PMHS English Teacher and Pittsfield Listens Board Chair- Jenny Wellington. 


Pittsfield Listens encourages the power of youth, parent, family, and community voice on issues and policies that directly affect their education and their life, with a specific focus on engaging those who have historically been underrepresented. We support emerging youth and adults leaders through education, training, and participatory leadership development so that students succeed in the Pittsfield schools and beyond.  For more information, visit pittsfieldlistens.org or contact info@pittsfieldlistens.org.





During a recent TOPS chapter meeting we were honored to have the Penacook 121 chapter visit with us.


The Pittsfield, Bow, and Penacook chapters had a challenge earlier in the year.  The chapter which lost the most weight would have the losing chapter present a program. They presented a very informative program on the benefits of drinking water. We were all challenged to drink more on a daily basis to maintain good health and to lose weight.


At another meeting, Pat Smith read an article on “Sugar Blues.”  A discussion followed about our cravings and what to eat instead.


We would love to have those who are interested, come by for a visit on Tuesdays 6:30 at The Joy Church, 55 Barnstead Rd. If you have questions, please call Pat 435-5333 or Beth 435-7397.













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